POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Grays.

The 40-year-old victim was punched and needed surgery for a broken jaw.

The incident happened shortly after 12.30am on October 12 on the forecourt of the Esso petrol station on the A1013 Stanford Road, Grays.

A police spokesman said: "We have spoken to a number of witnesses but are looking to speak to anyone else who was in the area at the time who saw what happened.

"The suspect was described as a man with blond hair, who was driving a black Ford Focus.

"Witnesses are asked to call DC Nicola Hadfield at Grays CID on 101 quoting reference 42/162535/19."

Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org